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I don’t understand the allure of SFT or RFT

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#26 aa5te

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 11:51 AM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to answer!

I am now tempted to buy or make an SFT. I definitely can see the value in being able to hold a telescope in hand and also be able to change the ep when I want to go to a higher mag.

Jon Isaacs - thanks for the tip about sweeping the AD12 with a 31mm ep. I have a 30mm and a 40mm (not a Nagler), but never took the time to do that! Will definitely do that next time I have clear skies. 

To me, the sheer amount of stars that you can see in a large aperture instrument at its lowest (or close to) power is much more rewarding and memorable than zooming in on a single object for hours on end. But I will say that the Sagittarius star clouds are definitely their own form of specialness thru a 25x100 or a 28x110.


Edited by aa5te, 04 April 2020 - 10:59 PM.

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 05:44 PM

Being a big fan of binoviewing, I much prefer binoculars for rich field observing. To me, the benefits of binocular summation make observing more relaxed and enjoyable.

I also had 25x100 binoculars when I lived in a dark sky location.  If I were to be in that situation again I would get the 100mm or 120mm binocular telescope with interchangeable eyepieces from APM. That, combined with a good Dob reflector is all I would need for deep sky.

 

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Edited by contrailmaker, 04 April 2020 - 05:55 PM.

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